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Jesus: Giver of Joy, Cleanser of The Temple Pt 1

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Close your eyes and when I say this word, lock onto the first picture that pops into your mind. Ready? JESUS.

  • What did you picture? Jesus sitting patiently, holding a child. Arms outstreached?

Close your eyes and when I say this word, lock onto the first picture that pops into your mind. Ready? GOD.

  • Did you picture something different? Pillar of fire and smoke? Presence sitting in judgment?
  • We tend to picture God as this OT wrathful agent of judgment and we picture Jesus as this NT peaceful agent of love and mercy.

To better understand Jesus we must see Him in his entire light. He is our beloved friend but He is also God who should rightly be feared. Jesus is the giver of joy and the cleanser of the temple.

jn 2

  • Could there be a more contrasting picture of our Lord and Savior as presented here in John 2?
      1. turning water into wine and enjoying a party.
      2. making a weapon and chasing people from the Temple.
  • To better understand this complete picture of Jesus let's start with Isaiah.

Who Did Isaiah See?

isa 6:1-5

  • Isaiah said he saw the Lord אִדוז sitting on a throne. In 6:5 he has seen the LORD אֱלהִים ; so who did Isaiah see?
  • This is a theological element called a Theophony. An incarnation of God, specifically in the form of Jesus). Isaiah has seen both God and Jesus.
  • It is one complete and perfect picture of God and Son.

What is the Response To This?

  • The angels give their response - God is holy, holy, holy. Divine repetitiion to show importance.
  • Isaiah's reaction is markedly different.
    • It is one of fear!
    1. He shouts "woe to me"; "I am ruined"; "unclean, unclean"
    2. He did not see Jesus and say, "Oh, look, it's the lamb of God, great, no problems". He saw Jesus and said, "Oh, look, it's the lamb of God, BIG PROBLEM"
  • We should be excited about seeing Jesus, but we should not become complacent with our sin and let the "fear" be masked.
  • We need to stop the distinction we make between God of the OT and God of the NT
OT God is... NT God is...
mean and angry loving and kind
judgmental forgiving
  • This is both untrue and unbiblical.
  • Look at some parallels with me:
Deut 4:24 Deut 4:31
Heb 4:16 Heb 12:28-29
  • What do you see?
  • Mal 3:6 "I the Lord do not change"
      • The God of the OT is the God of the NT and He never changes. Therefore the God of the OT hates sin just as the God of the NT hates sin. The good nes is that the God of the NT loves sinners as does the God of the OT. That has never changed. God does not want sin in your life but rather wants to take that sin away, which He has done through Jesus.
  • Distinctions are also made between God the Father and God the Son
God the Father... God the Son...
- frowns a lot - smiles
- is scary - is safe
- has a bunch of rules - has none
- makes me feel guilty - makes me feel forgiven
- makes me feel bad - makes me feel good
- is my foe - is my friend
- keeps the Sabbath - breaks the Sabbath
- makes me cry - wipes my tears away
      • on the surface there is a difference but to think they are different is not scriptural.
  • All that God is and that the Son is, is the same and always has been the same.
  • Jesus is the holy, holy, holy one who our dearest brother, but when was the last time you approached Jesus with fear, reverence, and awe? When was the last time you saw Jesus and said, "Big Problem" because you were not taking sin seriously?
  • illustration people come to church every Sunday and they are eying their watches waiting for the service to get done. They are thinking about lunch, about the fishing trip, the golf game, anything and everything but God. Who did you come here to meet with? Is it Jesus? When you go to your place of prayer, who is it your going to pray to?
  • Don't forget that the Jesus who walks with you in the garden is the same Jesus who sits on the throne.
  • Look at these healthy complete pictures...
    1. John, who leaned against the breats of Jesus is the same John who trembled with fear at the mount of transfiguration and who fell as if dead whn he saw Jesus in Revelation.
    2. David who wrote Psalm 23; "The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul." Is the same David who wrote Psalm 2, "Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling".
    3. Isaiah, who quoted God saying, "with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you" is the same Isaiah who cried out "Woe is me" in the presence of the Lord Almighty.
  • Our Lord is the Lamb, but He is also the Lion
  • Is there any sin in your life that should cause you to cry out, "woe is me?" Any sin that should cause you to fear Jesus? Bring it to Him today.
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